Grateful Dead Hour no. 1487

March 19th, 2017

Week of March 20, 2017

Part 1 30:09
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
BAND INTROS
BILLY GRIMES, THE ROVER

Interview: Ken Frankel
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
ALL THE GOOD TIMES HAVE PAST AND GONE
Interview: Ken Frankel
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
FLINT HILL SPECIAL
Interview: Ken Frankel
The Grateful Dead (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (Rhino)
COLD RAIN AND SNOW
Interview: Ken Frankel

Part 2 26:16
Interview: Ken Frankel
Grateful Dead, Shakedown Street
STAGGER LEE
Interview: Ken Frankel
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
ROVING GAMBLER
Interview: Ken Frankel
Hart Valley Drifters, Folk Time (Round Records)
GROUND SPEED
Interview: Ken Frankel

Ken Frankel talks about meeting and making music with Jerry Garcia in the early ’60s. Wonderful stories!

Ken has been a professional musician for 60 years, playing lead electric guitar in rock and country bands since high school, including the famous 1960’s Boston psychedelic band Ill Wind. He has played banjo, guitar, mandolin, and fiddle in various acoustic bands, including performing bluegrass and old-time music with Jerry Garcia, David Nelson, Robert Hunter, Richard Greene, Rick Shubb, and Sandy Rothman. Frankel played classical mandolin, mandola, and mandocello with The Berkeley Mandolin Ensemble and other groups. He formed The Electric Guitar Quartet, which performed classical music on specially designed electric guitars. He also owned and ran the well-loved club The Cotati Cabaret in the 1980’s, the music venue Studio 55 Marin until last year, and curated a music series at Freight & Salvage called Dr. K’s Homegrown Roots Review. Ken continues to perform, and learn to play new instruments.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Drummer Joe Russo of Furthur and Joe Russo’s Almost Dead pays tribute to Jerry Garcia and Howard Wales’ cult classic album Hooteroll?, on Friday, April 7, celebrating Jerry’s music at one of his favorite venues. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

The Jerry Garcia Family and Round Records, announcing GarciaLive volume 8, celebrating the Jerry Garcia Band’s 11/23/91 performance in Milwaukee. The 2-CD set is available now at jerrygarcia.com or your favorite local record store, and also streaming at Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play. That’s GarciaLive volume 8, from jerrygarcia.com

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1486

March 12th, 2017

Week of March 13, 2017

Part 1 14:49
Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks vol 21 (4/2/73)
DEAL
YOU AIN’T WOMAN ENOUGH

Kingfish (Rhino)
HYPNOTIZE

Part 2 41:55
Grateful Dead 4/17/71 Dillon Gym, Princeton University
BERTHA
SING ME BACK HOME
GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD FEELIN’ BAD->
JAM->
LOVELIGHT

“Hypnotize” is in honor of Kingfish lead guitarist Robbie Hoddinott, who passed away a few days ago.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Connecticut funk legends Deep Banana Blackout return to The Cap on Friday, March 31 with veteran jamband Percy Hill kicking off the show. What do you get when two iconic bands join forces in one night? Find out at The Cap. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

The Jerry Garcia Family and Round Records, announcing GarciaLive volume 8, celebrating the Jerry Garcia Band’s 11/23/91 performance in Milwaukee. The 2-CD set is available now at jerrygarcia.com and your favorite local record store, and also streaming at Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play.

KPFA GD marathon results

March 12th, 2017

The 2017 KPFA Grateful Dead Marathon raised more than $30,000 for listener-sponsored, independent radio! Thank you!

Innumerable kindnesses transpired all over the globe in service of this cause. This link will take you to a long list of people who contributed to the Marathon. Our thanks to all of them, and hooray for all of us!

Here is the playlist.

KPFA’s annual Grateful Dead marathon 3/11/17

March 11th, 2017

KPFA’s annual Grateful Dead fund-raising marathon!
Hosts: David Gans and Tim Lynch

Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9am to 1am Pacific time
Broadcast live on KPFA 94.1 in northern California; streaming live at kpfa.org, nugs.net, and gdradio.net

Call 1-800-439-5732 or donate online at kpfa.org

Here’s some general info
And here’s the playlist, updated as the day progresses

T-shirt by Papa Lindsey

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Grateful Dead Hour no. 1485

March 5th, 2017

Week of March 6, 2017

Part 1 31:10
Grateful Dead, Cornell 5/8/77
MORNING DEW
Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol 8 (11/23/91)
REUBEN AND CHERISE
The Grateful Dead: 50th Anniversary Edition
I KNOW YOU RIDER
SITTIN’ ON TOP OF THE WORLD

Part 2 24:13
Grateful Dead 4/17/71 Dillon Gym, Princeton University
ME AND BOBBY MCGEE
DEAL
BEAT IT ON DOWN THE LINE
I’M A KING BEE

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Phil Lesh celebrates his 77th birthday at The Cap on March 15, 16, and 17 featuring Jason Crosby, Stanley Jordan, John Kadlecik, Mark Levy, and Joan Osborne. Let there be songs to fill the air. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

The Jerry Garcia Family and Round Records, announcing GarciaLive volume 8, celebrating the Jerry Garcia Band’s November 23, 1991 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee. You can pre-order the 2-CD set or digital download in advance of its March 10th release at jerrygarcia.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1484

February 26th, 2017

Week of February 27, 2017

Part 1 25:39
Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol 8 (11/23/91)
CATS UNDER THE STARS
Steve Kimock 1/15/17 Yokohama, Japan
DARK STAR

Part 2 30:18
Grateful Dead 4/17/71 Dillon Gym, Princeton University
GOOD LOVIN’

You can hear The Grateful Dead Hour on these radio stations.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. Dead and Company, on tour from May 27 through July 1.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Phil Lesh celebrates his 77th birthday at The Cap on March 15, 16, and 17 featuring Jason Crosby, Stanley Jordan, John Kadlecik, Mark Levy, and Joan Osborne. On Friday, March 3, Melvin Seals & JGB honor the music of Jerry Garcia with guitarist John Kadlecik opening the show as John Kadlecik Solo Acousti’Lectric. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1483

February 19th, 2017

Week of February 20, 2017

Part 1 23:56
Grateful Dead 4/17/71 Dillon Gym, Princeton University
PLAYING IN THE BAND
HARD TO HANDLE
LOSER
MAMA TRIED

Part 2 31:19
Grateful Dead 4/17/71 Dillon Gym, Princeton University
CASEY JONES
SUGAR MAGNOLIA

Dead and Company 7/16/16 Fenway Park, Boston
DEAL w/ Donna Jean Godchaux-Mackay

Last year’s Dead & Company shows are available in a variety of formats from livedead.co
Tickets are on sale for this year’s summer tour at deadandcompany.com

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Wednesday, February 22, DeadCenter presents Reflections, a night to share in the music of the Grateful Dead. Deadheads are always welcome at Garcia’s at The Cap! Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1482

February 12th, 2017

Week of February 13, 2017

Part 1 26:27
Jerry Garcia Band, GarciaLive vol. 8 (11/23/91) (Round)
LAY DOWN SALLY
The Grateful Dead (50th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (Rhino)
ONE KIND FAVOR
CREAM PUFF WAR

Brokedown Hustlers, There Goes the Neighborhood
HEADIER THAN THOU

Part 2 28:37
Grateful Dead 4/17/71 Dillon Gym, Princeton University
TRUCKIN’
BIG RAILROAD BLUES
BIG BOSS MAN
BIRD SONG

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from May 27 through July 1.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Thursday, February 16, New Orleans comes to The Cap with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue joined by Funky Dawgz Brass Band. On Saturday, February 18, Anders Osborne will fill The Cap with his passionate blues and rock ’n’ roll. Saturday, February 19, Lettuce returns to The Cap for a blast of funk and a wave of soul! Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1481

February 5th, 2017

Week of February 6, 2017

Part 1 34:42
Grateful Dead 10/14/80 Warfield Theater, San Francisco
TENNESSEE JED->
LET IT GROW->
THE WHEEL->
THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED

Part 2 20:20
Dead and Company 7/29/16 Toyota Amphitheater, Wheatland CA
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER->
I KNOW YOU RIDER

Last year’s Dead & Company shows are available in a variety of formats from livedead.co
Tickets are on sale for this year’s summer tour at deadandcompany.com

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Wednesday, February 8, Skeleton Keys featuring Steve Molitz of Particle will perform the music of the Grateful Dead featuring dueling keyboards for a truly unique musical experience. On Saturday, February 11, Stella Blues Band returns to Garcia’s for a jam-packed night of your favorite Grateful Dead hits. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

GD Hour on the air in Indianapolis!

February 3rd, 2017

Hyryder and the New Potato Caboose radio show presents the Grateful Dead Hour, Monday 7-8pm Indianapolis – live from The Mousetrap on 87.9FM WBTM – “The Bottom”

The complete station list is here.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1480

January 29th, 2017

Week of January 30, 2017

Part 1 43:57
Planet Drum 11/17/91 Wiltern Theater, Los Angeles CA
TEMPLE CAVES
THE HUNT
AIRTO SOLO
DANCING SORCERER
GIOVANNI HIDALGO SOLO

Part 2 11:41
Bob Weir 10/16/16 Capitol Theater, Port Chester NY
LAY MY LILY DOWN
Grateful Dead, 30 Trips Around the Sun (11/10/67)
BEAT IT ON DOWN THE LINE

Mickey Hart is celebrating the 25th anniversary of Planet Drum with an expanded remaster in various formats. He sent over this wonderful live set.

And Bob Weir has announced more gigs with his Campfire Band.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from May 27 through July 1.

Airshow Mastering, putting the finishing touches on new and classic music, including recent releases by the Grateful Dead, Will Calhoun, Otis Taylor, David Gans, and The Earls of Leicester.

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Friday, February 3, Pink Talking Fish will perform Stop Making Sense, intertwined with Pink Floyd and Phish songs and featuring a star-studded list of special guests. On Saturday, February 4, it’s Railroad Earth. At Garcia’s at The Cap, it’s Deadgrass on Wednesday, February 1. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1479

January 22nd, 2017

Week of January 23, 2017

Part 1 28:29
Merl Saunders, Keepers (Fantasy)
GEE, BABY, AIN’T I GOOD TO YOU?
Interview: Geoff Muldaur
Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia 1/18/74 Keystone Berkeley
CC RIDER w/ Geoff Muldaur, vocals
Interview: Geoff Muldaur
Merl Saunders and Jerry Garcia 1/18/74 Keystone Berkeley
TENNESSEE BLUES w/ Geoff Muldaur, vocals
Interview: Geoff Muldaur
Geoff Muldaur Is Having a Wonderful Time (Reprise)
WONDERING WHY

Part 2 27:34
Jim Kweskin Jug Band, Garden of Joy (Reprise)
MINGLEWOOD
Interview: Geoff Muldaur
Texas Sheiks (Tradition & Moderne)
POOR BOY
Interview: Geoff Muldaur
Geoff Muldaur, The Amsterdam Project (unreleased)
MICHIGAN WATER BLUES

Geoff Muldaur was a founding member of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, which was a huge influence on the young musicians who became first Mother McCree’s Uptown Jug Champions, then the Warlocks, and then the Grateful Dead.

The Mother McCree’s kids learned a number of songs from the Kweskin band. Bob Weir’s earliest arrangement of “Minglewood” is pretty much a direct steal from Kweskin’s. My book This Is All A Dream We Dreamed, an Oral History of the Grateful Dead includes a terrific story from Bob Matthews: he and Bobby Weir were high school students when they snuck into a club in Berkeley to hear the Kweskin band – and stare at its stunning singer, Maria D’Amato, who later became known the world over as Maria Muldaur.


Geoff and Maria Muldaur recorded as a duo after the jug band ended. Their professional and personal relationships ended in 1972, around the time Geoff Muldaur joined Paul Butterfield’s Better Days. After around 1976 he went solo, collaborating with a great variety of artists, and also composed some music for film and television. 
 One of my favorite Geoff Muldaur projects was the Texas Sheiks, released in 2009. Jim Kweskin was on there, along with local mainstay Suzy Thompson.

The wikipedia entry on Geoff Muldaur is full of great info.

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

Airshow Mastering, putting the finishing touches on new and classic music, including recent releases by the Grateful Dead, Will Calhoun, Otis Taylor, David Gans, and The Earls of Leicester.Airshow Mastering

The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Saturday, February 4, Railroad Earth comes to The Cap for a night of jammy bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll. On Wednesday, February 15, legendary lead singer and songwriter for Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty, makes his Cap debut. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.



Grateful Dead Hour no. 1478

January 15th, 2017

Week of January 16, 2017

Part 1 32:10
Dead and Company 7/30/16 Shoreline Amphitheater, Mountain View CA
DARK STAR->
ST STEPHEN

Talk
Grateful Dead (1979 rough mix)
FEEL LIKE A STRANGER

Part 2 24:14
Grateful Dead 7/1/73 Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City CA
WHARF RAT->
ME AND BOBBY MCGEE
CASEY JONES

This studio rough mix of “Feel Like a Stranger,” from the 1979 sessions for Go to Heaven, shows us a very different lyric from the final version. These words seem more clearly set in a romantic/sexual encounter; the completed song does a magnificent job of portraying the moment as a description of life onstage with the Grateful Dead – or an encounter on a dance floor. That’s the magic of great songs! You get to fill in some of the picture yourself.

Last year’s Dead & Company shows are available for download (etc) at livedead.co; information and tickets for the upcoming tour are at deadandcompany.com

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

Rob Catterton, announcing A Grand Piano Tribute to the Grateful Dead, an album of thoughtful and unique solo-piano interpretations of ten Grateful Dead favorites. A Grand Piano Tribute to the Grateful Dead by Rob Catterton is available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby.

Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from May 27 through July 1.

Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Wednesday, January 25, Dave Hebert of Melvin Seals and JGB and Greg Koerner of Vince Welnick, DSO, and Gent Treadly are Bear Tread, an exciting  new tribute to the music of the Grateful Dead. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

TIAAD “outtake” re 3/17/70 with the Buffalo Philharmonic

January 12th, 2017

Have you seen that thing going around about a $500 reward for the lost recording of 3/17/70, Grateful Dead with the Buffalo Philharmonic?

Here’s a bit of info about that event, deleted from our final manuscript due to space issues:

Peter Case (musician): They were playing in Buffalo [March 17, 1970], at the Kleinhans Music Hall. It was a very strange gig, because the billing was the Grateful Dead, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Lukas Foss. The opening act was a top-40 band that was starting to kind of freak out. They were called the Mellow Brick Road at one point, but I think they just changed their name at the gig to The Road.

The Grateful Dead was fantastic, and they were full-on into that “Dark Star” period. They were great. Then the orchestra came out. I guess they said it was going to be a battle of the bands. The Dead was playing their music, but the leader of the orchestra would yell “Attack!” They’re not improvisers, particularly, the guys in the orchestra, but they were coached to attack the Grateful Dead musically. And they did, with their tympanis, their blasts of drums and horns and cacophony. The Grateful Dead were playing, doing one of their improvs, that loping boogie beat that Lesh and the drummers would be playing, the thing was just rolling along, and Jerry would be soloing. Then for a second there, the orchestra would sort of drown it out, and then the orchestra would stop and [the Dead] would sort of emerge out of the clouds of the attack, still doing their thing. It was pretty funny. The Grateful Dead never blinked. They just kept playing. [Laughs] It was really really funny and great.

Another strange thing about the show: The very opening act was a John Cage piece. You’re in whatever state you’re in when you go see the Grateful Dead in 1970… The way this piece went was, there were violinists and they walked out into the theater and they played their part as they walked through your aisle. You would have to stand up and let them pass. They went right through every aisle in the place, playing their violins. It was incredible, but the best part, of course was the Dead.

It was a great-sounding place, so the Dead sounded great in there. Everybody walked out saying that that was just completely insane, that the orchestra had topped themselves by acting completely nuts.

Bob Weir: I remember we brought our smallest amplifiers and we were still three or four times too loud. We had to turn them down to the point where we couldn’t really get tone out of them in order to not drown out the orchestra. A rock’n’roll trap drum kit acoustically is at least twice as loud as a symphony orchestra.

Grateful Dead Hour no. 1477

January 9th, 2017

Week of January 9, 2017

Part 1 21:12
Rob Catterton, Grateful Dead on the Grand Piano
BIRD SONG
The Joan Baez Ballad Book (Vanguard)
FENNARIO
Talk
Interview: Robert Hunter 11/15/77
Robert Hunter 11/15/77 (unreleased)
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER
Grateful Dead, Aoxomoxoa (Warner Bros)
CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER

Part 2 34:59
Grateful Dead 7/1/73 Universal Amphitheatre, Universal City CA
TRUCKIN’->
DRUMS->
THE OTHER ONE

Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Wednesday, January 18, Garcia’s DeadCenter presents Finders Keepers, honoring the music of Jerry Garcia. Advance ticket buyers are entered to win tickets to Phil Lesh & Friends at The Capitol Theatre on March 15, 16, and 17. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

Love Some Tea – grown and harvested naturally in Northern Thailand by the Hmong Hilltribe people. These plantation-free teas are flavored by hand, with all natural ingredients. Love Some Tea is sustainable hand-grown tea, and all the founders are Deadheads.

Airshow Mastering, putting the finishing touches on new and classic music, including recent releases by the Grateful Dead, Will Calhoun, Otis Taylor, David Gans, and The Earls of Leicester.